Supervisor Shawn Nelson - Fourth District Update
July 20, 2012
Volume 3, Issue 13

Denis Bilodeau
Chief of Staff

Audra Adams
Policy Advisor /
Communications Director

Steve Spernak
Policy Advisor

David Zenger
Policy Advisor

Scott Carpenter
Policy Advisor

Mark Lopez
Policy Advisor

Neha Sata
Executive Aide


Welcome to Nelson's E-News!

This newsletter highlights some good news for our county. On Tuesday, the Orange County Board of Supervisor approved the District Attorney's acceptance of a cash donation in the amount of $50,000 from Angels Outfielder Torii Hunter. These funds will enhance the Orange County Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership in support of the Orange County kids and anti-gang programs. We are grateful for Mr. Hunter’s generosity and hope to use this donation to better serve at-risk youth and aim to increase school attendance and decrease gang activity.

I also want to draw your attention to an increased penalty the Board of Supervisors approved. Starting September 1st, 2012, defendants convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol will pay an increased penalty from $37 to $50. The Board of Supervisors approved this increase in order to offset the cost of alcohol testing that the county must undertake. This reform will shift the financial burden to those found guilty of DUI’s rather than the taxpayer.

This month, the Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet Job and Resource Fair will take place. Veterans who are seeking new careers and those looking for their first job since returning from the military will be attending. This is a wonderful event for your business to come to if you are seeking to hire a mature, honest, and dedicated employee. I am looking forward to seeing these veterans find places of work to showcase their valuable skills.

I hope you and your families are enjoying a warm summer!

Shawn Nelson.

Angels Outfielder Torii Hunter donates $50,000!

On July 17th, The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved the District Attorney's acceptance of a cash donation in the amount of $50,000.00 from Angels Outfielder Torii Hunter to enhance the Orange County Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership (OC GRIP) in support of Orange County kids and anti-gang programs.

Mr. Hunter presented the District Attorney with the $50,000 personal check and expressed his belief that OC GRIP is not only effective at gang prevention, but important to both him and the community in ensuring that the youth of Orange County have bright, positive futures. All of the monies will be earmarked to programs benefitting students in the targeted OC GRIP areas. This is the first financial contribution to be made for OC GRIP from a private donor.

OC GRIP is a law enforcement partnership that identifies at-risk youth and aims to increase school attendance and decrease gang activity. The OCDA formed OC GRIP committees with the police and Sheriff's Department from the Cities of Buena Park, Garden Grove, Mission Viejo, Orange, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Stanton, and unincorporated North Orange County. The OC GRIP Team works with community members, teachers, and students on how to report gang crimes (serious crimes as well as gang bullying and gang graffiti) to law enforcement.


Brea Olinda Alpha Landfill

The Board unanimously approved a primary and alternate contractor to treat contaminated groundwater in the landfill and to ensure that it is safe for use in operations there, including fire protection and landscape irrigation.

Open since 1960, Brea Olinda is one of three active Orange County landfills and the only one located in North Orange County. For more information on Brea Olinda, click here.


Increased Penalty – driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs

The Board of Supervisors approved an increase in the penalty defendants convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs must pay. Starting September 1st, 2012, the penalty will increase from $37 to $50 which is intended to offset the cost of alcohol testing that the county must undertake.

This increase is the first in 21 years. In this time, costs of alcohol and drug testing have increased from $87 to $180. However, the state of California limits the cost of the defendant to not exceed $50. Therefore, the board has chosen to increase the penalty of alcohol and blood testing to its maximum possible penalty. The increased penalty will bring in approximately $156,000 to the County in additional revenue.

The financial burden of testing shifts more to those found guilty of DUI's rather than the taxpayer. This necessary and overdue reform is a positive step for the taxpayers of Orange County.


Children and Families Commission Announces
Capacity Building Grant RFA

The Children and Families Commission of Orange County issued a Request for Applications (RFA) today inviting interested organizations to participate in the 2012 Capacity Building Grant cycle to improve the health and early education of young children in Orange County.

Eligible projects must focus on the expansion of services to young children that meet documented community needs by expanding or acquiring new facilities, or strategies to reduce ongoing demand for Proposition 10 (tobacco tax) funds. Up to $3.5 million is available for one-time funding and will be allocated in two specific areas:

  • $2 million for capital facility expansion with a maximum award of $250,000
  • $1.5 million for new program expansion with a maximum award of $100,000
The Request for Application (RFA) includes detailed information on the Capacity Building Grant process and key dates. The RFA is available on the Commission website at Funding awards will be announced in fall 2012.

The 4th District has vacant appointments on the following commissions or committees:

  • Development Processing Review Committee
  • Assessment Appeals Board No. 1
If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, please call Audra Adams at (714) 834.3440.
Help Support La Habra Girls Softball Program
For the very first time … La Habra 10U District champions are on their way to Nationals in Spokane, Washington! They are making history! Please come support their fundraiser on July 20, 2012 @ 6pm.

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2012

Supervisor Nelson catches a picture with the team outside of the La Habra City Council Chambers

Supervisor Nelson Honors La Habra Chamber of Commerce
Citizen of the Year

Supervisor Shawn Nelson was honored to recognize Kent Roberts as the Citizen of the Year at ceremonies hosted by the La Habra Chamber of Commerce last week. In 1966 Kent entered the family business, Roberts Realty, and soon joined the La Habra Chamber’s Legislative Committee chaired by George Rochester. He became a member of the La Habra Lions and helped establish the Lions Ecology Center in the early 1960’s where Kent was focused on recycling and making the community a cleaner place. He joined the Friends of the Children’s Museum and is an active member of the Boys & Girls Club of La Habra. His work continues with the Chamber of Commerce where he created a partnership to build a permanent home for the Chamber and most recently a home for the La Habra Historical Museum. His current projects include an alumni association for the Boys and Girls Clubs of La Habra and a 1,300 sq. ft. food storage building for the Community Resource Care Center. Congratulations and sincere best wishes to Kent Roberts and the other recipients who received certificates of recognition for their business, civic and charitable contributions to the residents of La Habra.


(Left to Right) Citizen of the Year, Kent Roberts and Policy Advisor Steve Spernak

Supervisor Nelson honors volunteers

Policy Advisor Steve Spernak joins OneOC Director Ursula Walsh (left) in presenting Ken Katz with their Top Total Hours commendation and Supervisor’s certificate of recognition for the 27,000 hours he has donated to the RSVP program. Katz was joined by honorees Claire Neises who received the Top Annual Hours of 2011 Award and 99 year old Altha Gardner who received the prestigious Top Years of Service honors for her 30+ years as a volunteer.


(Left to Right) Ursula Walsh, Ken Katz, Steve Spernak)

Ribbon Cutting – Fullerton – Sports Clips

Paul Bibeau and his wife recently opened a new Sport Clips location in Fullerton. On July 12, they had a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new business. Sport Clips is a haircutting business designed for guys who love sports. The entire facility is decorated to look like a sports stadium and is filled with sports paraphernalia and big screen TVs. From the hockey puck holding business cards to the stadium chairs in the waiting area, the owners have taken great care to creatively design a sports-themed environment. Sport Clips says that they will give guys a championship MVP haircut, complete with massaging shampoo, hot steamed towels, and neck and shoulder massages.


Fourth District Staffer Ashlyn Olson (left) presents a certificate or recognition to Paul Bibeau and his team

S'mores & Lore

Sunday, July 22nd 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Come join the South Coast Storytellers' Guild for an afternoon of stories, laughter and music! Event will feature live music, refreshments and some of the finest storytellers from Orange and Los Angeles counties. Be entertained as they spin and weave tales of historical lore while you enjoy s'mores roasted over the open pit fire. This is a wonderful event for the entire family!

Event Fee: Free
Heritage Hill Historical Park
25151 Serrano Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630-2534
(949) 923-2230


Birding Hike

Sunday, July 22nd 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Spot local native and summer resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven terrain (400-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. Reservations required. Sign up online:

Event Fee: $2 donation per person
Parking Fee: $3 per vehicle
Age: 12 and up

Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
18751 Laguna Canyon Road
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 923-2235 or (949) 923-3702

Special Instructions: Bring your binoculars. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (east side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just north of 73 Toll Road)

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Veteran Job Workshop flyer
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City of Buena Park – Nominated for “most fun” small town!
With the likes of Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm in the fourth district, it is no coincidence that many tourists flock to the fourth district for fun. Recently though, Buena Park has been one of six cities nationwide to be nominated by famed mapmaker Rand McNally and USA Today as the 2012 “most fun” small town in America! Each city will compete for the “most fun” title, by welcoming judges, showing them fun venues, and allowing them to experience all that Buena Park has to offer! On July 25th, the Travel Channel will broadcast the winners and nominees of the most fun, most beautiful, and best food cities in “Rand McNally’s Road Rally Adventure,” so tune in! This is an extraordinary accomplishment for Buena Park and the Fourth District to be recognized nationwide as a center for fun. We wish Buena Park good luck in this competition!
Have you visited the Brea Library yet?
Click here and check out next month’s calendar!

La Habra Library – Girls Guide To Homelessness
On Sunday, August 19 at 2:30 in the La Habra Library Meeting Room local author Brianna Karp will do a reading and share her experiences from her widely acclaimed book, The Girl’s Guide to Homelessness. Publisher’s Weekly says, “[A] candid and wickedly humorous memoir…Karp’s voice is instantly appealing and her message that basic respect shouldn’t disappear when you lose your home is a vital one.” Q&A will follow. For more information call the library at 562-694-0078.

La Habra
What: 2012 La Habra Relay for Life Ground laying (initial planning)
Where: La Habra Community Center, 101 West La Habra Blvd
When: Monday, July 23rd 2012
Time: 6:30 PM- 7:30 PM

Buena Park
What: Summer Concert Series
Where: Buena Park Downtown
When: Wednesday, August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 31st, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM

What: National Night Out 2012
Where: Placentia Town Center Kraemer/Yorba Linda Blvd.
When: Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
Time: 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

What: Hidden Treasures of Korean Art and Modern Korea
Where: Fullerton Public Main Library, 353 W. Commonwealth Avenue
When: Saturday, August 4th, 2012
Time: 2:30 PM

What: Summer Wine Series
Where: The Melting Pot, 375 W. Birch Street
When: Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
Time: 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

What: Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
Where: The Honda Center, 2695 East Katella Ave.
When: Wednesday, August 1st, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM


Hire A Hero flyer
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